Experience Excelsior Trip Planner 2021

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EXPLORE FURTHER

Excelsior Springs is ideally situated for visiting other

great tourist sites in Missouri. Take time while you’re

staying with us to explore the surrounding areas.

WATKINS MILL STATE PARK

AND WOOLEN MILL

The nation’s last fully equipped 19th century woolen mill is

on the historic site once owned by the Watkins family. Tour

the 1860 woolen mill and grist mill, the 1850 house, Visitor

Center and Museum. The state park features camping,

fishing, swimming and picnicking areas. The Living History

Farm Program, offered on weekends in the spring and

fall, brings the 1870s back to life with costumed interpreters

demonstrating agricultural and industrial activities.

JESSE JAMES FARM

AND MUSEUM

One of the most widely visited historic sites in Clay County

is the Jesse James Farm and Museum, minutes from Excelsior

Springs. Tour the cabin where Jesse James was

born on Sept. 5, 1847 and grew up with his brother, Frank,

whose exploits as outlaws are today a legend. At the museum,

visitors can view an informative video, a collection

of family artifacts and souvenirs. Daily tours of the museum

and cabin are available and fun activities are held

throughout the year.

COOLEY LAKE

WILDLIFE AREA

Just south of Excelsior Springs near the junction of State

Route N and Missouri 210, you will find Cooley Lake Wildlife

Area and Cooley Missouri River Access, both owned

by the MODept. of Conservation. These sites, comprising

1,348 acres, include the old oxbow lakes that were once

part of the Missouri upland forests, loess bluffs, limestone

outcrops, and old fields, in addition to the river access.

They offer fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and, on the river,

boating as well.

MARTHA LAFITE THOMPSON

NATURE SANCTUARY

The Nature Sanctuary provides hands-on environmental

and natural science education for all ages within its 100

acres of land. The nature preserve is designed for hiking,

nature study and observation of wildlife. Nature center,

restrooms, exhibits (including live animals), gift shop and

picnic areas. The Rush Creek Trail is ADA accessible.

TRYST FALLS

PARK

Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural

waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes

a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables.

Shelter facilities available for rental. Open dawn to

dusk.

SMITHVILLE

LAKE

Smithville Lake is a 7,190-acre reservoir on the Little

Platte branch of the Platte River in Clay County, Missouri

near Smithville, an approximately 30-minute

drive from Excelsior Springs. The Lake area includes

campsites, boating, two swim beaches, boat rentals

and much more.

FIELDS OF GOLDEN FLOWERS

In recent years, sunflower fields have become popular

for their beautiful views and photo opportunities. Tryst

Falls Park has its own mini flower patch, but other nearby

sunflower fields can be seen in bloom in later summer:

Russell Sunflower Patch

18220 Hwy B, Richmond

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

650 North Jefferson St., Kearney

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